Samsung's metallic Galaxy Alpha briefly goes up for preorder at an iPhone 6-worthy price tag

Samsung's metallic Galaxy Alpha briefly goes up for preorder at an iPhone 6-worthy price tag
A certain UK online retailer that has leaked a thing or two prematurely before, posted a preorder page for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Alpha handset, which is widely expected to be an exquisite Android phone with metallic chassis - something that has been off-limits for Samsung so far. Judging from the leaked photos in the last few days, the Galaxy Alpha will pretty much blend in with the current design paradigm of Samsung in terms of shape and texture.

The retailer lists it as having a metallic finish, though, so there's a hint in the right direction for those who are jonesing for something more premium to arrive from Samsung in terms of design. The Galaxy Alpha specs that are cited in the listing, corroborate with what was leaked these few days already - a 4.7" Super AMOLED display with the decent 320ppi pixel density, and an octa-core Exynos processor 5433 processor that allows it to outperform older devices like the Galaxy Note 3. The rest of the specs include a 12 MP rear camera with "super-fast autofocus", 2 MP front-facing one, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of non-expandable internal memory. Android 4.4.4 KitKat and a heart rate sensor should complete the feature list.

The big new additions to Samsung's mobile portfolio that will come with the Galaxy Alpha, seem to be the 6mm thin card-like metallic design, and the fast Exynos processor, which recently scored more than Snapdragon 805 on AnTuTu, and is expected to be present in the Galaxy Note 4 as well. This chipset hasn't been announced yet, but is widely expected to support LTE cat. 6 download speeds of up to 300 Mbits, if your carrier is up to those, of course. 

All in all, the Galaxy Alpha is shaping up to be a strong contender with powerful internals, somewhat more premium design than the usual Samsung fare, and display panel that won't take an excessive toll on the battery life, so it might be an enduring athlete in that regard, too. Unfortunately, the preorder price tag for the handset has been pegged at the whopping £549 ($926) without subsidies, so we sincerely hope this is just a random preorder tag, and not Samsung's attempt to counter the iPhone 6 launch with something that has similar screen size, design and thickness, as well as a similar premium price tag. In any case, August 13th isn't far away, and that's the rumored date for the Alpha's announcement, so we should know more pretty soon.

source: (cached) via CNET



34. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

720p? Stupid phone. RIP Samsung

32. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

non-expandable memory? B-B-Bye bye

30. aditya_sarin

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

No 1080p no buy

27. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

This is the UK. Flagship phones are usually at that price. The iPhone 5s is over £700.

25. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I like this. for once screen resolution are not gimmick I bet for better battery life and performance, amoled are great to read at night with black background, size are perfect thinner and more compact than galaxy s5. and it is first top line metal phone from samsung. just great!

22. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I guess the high price tag has something to do with the ultra revolutionary Exysnooze 5433 But.. is it any better than the old Snapdragon 800? doubt it.

24. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

no! because it is supposely a premium device just like apple. annd just so you know proccessor are cheap cheaper than screen part for example. and exynos already scored better than snapdragon 805 duh. read the article first before troll.

21. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

320 ppi screen are already hard to discreet with 441ppi screen for example and it will result better at battery life and benchmark performance. that is smart rather than just gimmick. I like reasonable phone better than phone fulll of gimmick that stupid people like to brag.

36. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

You're right. But as Promise7 wrote; it should have been made more like the HTC M8. This phone just has a metal rim (even a cheap Jiayu G4 has a steel rim around the screen). The cover is just plastic unlike the iPhone 4/s and high-end Sony Xperia's whom uses glass. Plus it still has all the gimmicks. The heartbeat-monitor is crap. By installing it in the phone nobody will ever buy their complementing smart-whristband (which also measures heart-rate). Samsung are fools. They just flood the market with crap and keep the best devices for themselves in Korea. Fock them!

20. Siapaya

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

wut? $926? I dont wanna buy plastic for its price

17. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

oh WTF ?

14. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

$926 WTF Sammy?!!

11. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Apple wanna be samsung...

10. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Really do they think heads will turn to this before the iPhone 6. Wake up the Motorola x+1 will have a better chance.

9. danidin

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2014

galaxy s2 - is that you???

8. chrisditya

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Fail or not, it just handset. and many people will buying.

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

You can kiss my hairy ballz SAMSUNG! 720p is just too ludicrous for its hefty pricetag. Remember we're already on the Quad HD - era! If you wanna compete with the iPhone you gotta do a lot better than that. I smell FAIL on this one.

15. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Out of sale again like the Galaxy S5. I would rather buy the Galaxy S5 compare to this Galaxy Alpha. ONLY my opinion because I have iPhone 5S.

19. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

they should have put 1080p display with full rgb.

23. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

this is the most ludicrous fanboy comment. so samsung should put Quad HD to be able to compete with apple screen that even lower than 720p?!

33. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

but if they want to compete to iphone tho, they have to lower the price of alpha, with good design + the same as specs as iphone. that I won't be complaining. this Alpha is gonna fail bigtime. 720p is okay but the price is not... why would i want to buy samsung, if is priced as iphone's? if i have to choose i will buy iphone than samsung. the only thing why I wont buy iphone is because of it's price to specs ratio.. but this samsung retards are pricing the same sh!t as iphone's definitely dumb move. almost same specs with the same price tag? no way, i will buy iphone instead....

35. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Absolutely gonna fail. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S5 that those Korean expected to be the best Samsung phone because they introduce the Heart rate senson, water and dust proof but nothing is happen. Well, good luck for Samsung Galaxy Alpha and still in Apple iPhone and iPad Mini because I love everything in everyday.

6. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Just the band around the phone is metal? Seems like the back is still plastic. I was hoping it would be like the HTC One and iPhone and be almost all metal.

5. tuannd2103

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Just needing to cover with the metalic hood, SS's so good with software

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Samsung are you shi**ing me? Why would you put a 720p display in your "ultra premium" phone that costs more than $900? Unacceptable...

12. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

because it will actually feature full RBG this time :D:D

13. Iodine

Posts: 1520; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

A full RGB 720 P display would be rather close to a 1080 pentile display, so they world put in a 1080 Pentile instead of RGB 720p for marketing purposes. This is probably an Pentile 720p out of galaxy S3 as it doesn't have "plus" moniker in the super amoled like galaxy S2 with RGB and also because samsung was unable to make a RGB amoled display with more than 300 ppi so far.

16. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

You realise Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has 2560x1600 full RGB amoled? They for sure can make full RBG amoled with more than 300ppi. And no, they wouldn't dare use the S3's screen. It was horribly saturated and probably isn't all that power efficient by today's standards. They've been trying to market their "accurate" panels lately...I'm placing my bet on 720p full RGB amoled with very good colour accuracy :)

26. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

and I guess it has 720p pentile. if so iphone 6 is better choice

18. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It won't cost even near to that, everyone knows that. This is the same story during every release, and you guys keep getting fooled. Some retailer will always do similar stuff, which in no way represents the actual market price. And a quick advice about Samsung phones, don't buy it on launch week. Get it 3 months later, get it for 20% less price. Everyone knows this, yet they spend so much just to get it immediately.

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